Starting and Maintaining Healthy Relationships in the Office

A key aspect of a successful workplace is the ability of the employees to both express and solve disputes, in a safe and controlled manner. Confrontation in the office is sure to arise, whether the conflict is large or small is irrelevant, it will happen. Dealing with such contentions in a positive way will build trust and communication skills between employees as well as establish a safe work environment. When confronting a co-worker about something they may have done that bothered you, or perhaps you wish to confide in a peer about problems out of the office it is important to ask permission to do so. This is as simple as “May I talk to you for a minute?” Make sure to share your views, use facts, check detail accuracy, and finally document the interaction. This process will ensure a safe and neutral conversation of the events, rather than an argumentative or interaction of attack.